September 30, 2014

Economic yearbook 2011

Big Bend - Yearbook

| 4/1/2011

Lafayette/ Jefferson/ Gadsden/ Wakulla Counties

Layfayette Population: 8,132
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 0.34%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
16.7% 5.1% 36.0% 29.5% 12.8%
Per Capita Income: $19,698

The RO Ranch, a 2,500-acre equestrian park and RV campground, was set to open in March in Lafayette County. It features more than 14 miles of trails and a visitors education center and is developed and managed by the Suwannee River Water Management District, which also owns 20,000 adjoining acres.

Jefferson Population: 14,417
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.00%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
16.1% 5.0% 22.8% 38.7% 17.4%
Per Capita Income: $31,541
Julie Conley
Julie Conley

Receipt of a Rural Infrastructure Fund Grant is making it possible for Jefferson County to implement a master plan and complete water, sewer, stormwater and transportation infrastructure for an industrial park. "Some empty storefronts downtown (in Monticello) will soon be occupied," says Julie Conley, executive director of the Jefferson County Economic Development Council, welcoming signs of an improving economy.

Gadsden Population: 47,885
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 0.61%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
20.5% 5.6% 26.2% 34.2% 13.5%
Per Capita Income: $29,264

The purchase and reopening of the nearly 30-year-old Quincy mushroom farm by Gamboa Bros. of West Grove, Pa., holds promise for 200 to 300 jobs in 2011. While many companies are still in survival mode, the economy has stabilized and inquiries are up, says David Gardner, executive director of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce.

Wakulla Population: 34,540
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 3.37%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
17.4% 5.8% 28.2% 35.1% 13.6%
Per Capita Income: $26,506
Kimberly Moore
Kimberly Moore

Kimberly Moore, past-president of the Wakulla Chamber of Commerce and also the CEO of the regional Workforce Plus, cites development of the Wakulla Environmental Institute by Tallahassee Community College as a promising initiative that's moving forward. A Wakulla group donated the land.

Tags: Big Bend

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Making Waves: Creating a Global Culture of Innovation
Making Waves: Creating a Global Culture of Innovation

As a modern inventor, Amish Parashar shares his unique insights into the importance of innovation culture, a movement that has defined great companies such as Google and Apple.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Comic-book and gaming stores are expanding across Florida. The state's major comic & video game themed conventions continue to generate increased interest and revenue. What's your level of participation in the world of comics & gaming?

  • All in! I love gaming and/or comics! We're in a new Golden Age of entertainment!
  • I manage the occasional game or graphic novel, from time to time...
  • Does Candy Crush count?
  • Are you kidding? I don't have time for any of that stuff...

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe